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Adobe Flash Player is vulnerable as it is, what with its critical security gaps. But you leave yourself even more vulnerable when you take the bait of the Flash Player Update pop-up ad, a social engineering technique designed by cyber criminals to install potentially unwanted programs and harmful adware.

It comes in many shapes and forms, with the intention of luring you into its trap.

Sample 1:

Flash Player Update!

It is recommended you update Flash Player to the latest version to view this page.

Please update to continue.

Sample 2:

New Flash Player is required to view this page

  • 100% FREE update
  • Watch HD Movies online
  • Supports FLV/Flash
  • Beautiful HD video, faster graphics rendering, and high performance

Download will only take a couple of minutes

What you need to know about “Flash Player Update” pop-up ads

  • It is distributed either through malicious programs or adware, which is designed to make money by displaying advertisements and sponsored links, generating web traffic, and collecting sales leads.
  • The ads will pop up regardless of the browser that you use.
  • Pop-up ads will display on malicious websites and legitimate websites that have been compromised.

If you click “Download” or “Click to install now”, you agree to have adware, such as Yontoo, DealPly, and CouponBuddy; toolbars, such as Babylon Toolbar and Delta Toolbar; other forms of malware; and other unwanted programs on your computer.



To protect yourself against potentially harmful installation, only download and update Adobe Flash Player from the official website.

If you are using Chrome, know that the player is a built-in feature and updates happen automatically behind the scene. So whenever a pop-up ad appears on your Chrome browser, then DO NOT fall for it.

If you use other browsers…

  1. Visit http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  2. Uncheck any optional offers, such as McAfee Security Scan Plus utility and True Key™ by Intel Security.
  3. Click Install Now.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions until installation is complete. You may need to close Firefox at some point in the process.
  5. Close the Download Manager, and then verify that you have the current version of Flash Player installed.
  6. Don’t forget to set the update method to “Install updates automatically when available (recommended)”.

If, by any chance, you already downloaded the adware, don’t worry. You may still get out of it unscathed.

How to remove Flash player update pop-up ads

  1. Scan your computer for possible infection, using anti-adware software, such as AdwCleaner. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the adware.
  2. Scan your computer for possible malware using Malwarebytes or HitmanPro. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove malware, if there is any.

If none of these resolve the issue, reset your browser settings to default.

On Chrome, click on the menu button, select More tools > Extensions. Look for the unwanted extension and click the Remove from Chrome button.

On Firefox, click the menu button > Help button or the question mark (?) at the bottom of the menu. From the window that opens, choose Troubleshooting Information, and then click Refresh Firefox for every time you’re promoted to do so.

Then, get information from the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, and update right away.

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